Tennis, a perfect combination of violent action, takes place in an atmosphere of total tranquility. Arguably the most strenuous game of all has its own rulers, who keep on changing with time. Power definitely accompanies monetary benefits and tennis' biggest names are no different.
'The big three' in tennis - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - are the usual suspects when you think of any tennis-related list. But the clear off-court winner here is the Swiss Maestro who has in fact been the numero uno on this list for almost a decade and a half.
Then there's also the most successful singles player in history Serena Williams. Her financial records are the envy of the town as well. But who are the others on this list? Here's a look at the wealthiest (from the past 5 years) active tennis players on the circuit:1. Roger Federer (Rs 197 crore)
Topping the list as always, comes the GOAT, who has earned a total sum of $41 million in the last five years as prize money. Club that with endorsements and he becomes unparalleled. From Wilson to Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Lindt and the most recent one, Uniqlo - an estimated deal of almost $300 million for 10 years - FedEx keep cruising on.
According to Forbes, Federer earned almost $77 million in 2018, with $65 million of the tally from endorsements and appearance fees. Unsurprisingly, his off-court earnings from marketers are higher than any other athlete.2. Kei Nishikori (Rs 127 crore)
Surprise Surprise..!! We are sure no one expected Kei Nishikori to take the number two spot in this list. But despite on not winning too many tournaments, his endorsements get him here.
With only earning $1.6 million as tournament money, Nishikori renewed deals with Asahi, NTT, Japan Airlines, Lixil and Nissin over the last 12 months. All of which are sponsors for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Sponsors would surely look forward to position Nishikori as the face of the Tokyo Games. Other sponsors such as Uniqlo, Wilson, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Jaguar and Tag Heuer are just a few of the brands that have helped him take his endorsement earnings to $178 million in the past 5 years.3. Novak Djokovic (Rs 126 crore)
The world no.1, Novak Djokovic has earned almost $67.6 million dollars in the past five years as tournament prize money (which doesn't include this year's AO sum).
Other than this, Novak swapped Uniqlo for Lacoste as his apparel brand last year, which almost earned him a kitty of $110 million dollars. On top of this, his commercial deals also include brands like Seiko, Asics, which take his earnings to a sum of $177.6 million.4. Rafael Nadal (Rs 118 crore)
The current World no. 2, Rafael Nadal, again made a great comeback at the Oz Open this year, winning the runner-up shield. Despite being injured for more than four months last year, he managed to earn good $14.4 million of prize money, and with endorsements for Nike, Babolat, Richard Mille, Kia Motors, Telefonica, Banco Sabadell and Emporio Armani. That takes his earning to a high of $165.6 million in the past 5 years.5. Serena Williams (Rs 88 crore)
Serena Williams, despite going on a 14-month break for her first pregnancy, is still the highest paid female athlete.
Because of commercial deals with Nike, Intel, Audemars Piguet, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats, the highest paid female athlete has earned around $90 million in endorsements over the last 5 years. Regardless of earning just $62,000 dollars as prize money in 2018, the leading Grand Slam winner stands tall with a total earning of $123.4 million.